Get in the Christmas spirit! This magical event is especially for children. It features Santa arriving by fire engine, a Polar Express ride to visit with Santa, crafts, carols and holiday fun. Craft and resale vendors will be selling a variety of holiday items. Do you like to sing? Share your talent in the Bates singing contest called “The Christmas Voice!”
Everyone’s favorite pig is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life-sized puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!
Starts at 6:00 pm!
Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness the epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before away to an enchanted land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, this classic holiday production is a cherished San Diego family tradition.
AGES: All ages
After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden, containing the nation’s largest collection of bamboo. Garden of Lights has events and activities that everyone in your family will enjoy. Nightly entertainment, including local blues and jazz bands, as well as delicious food from Red Oven Artisanal Pizza and Pasta, and hot coffee and treats from the Feel Good Coffee Cart, will be available. Numerous family-friendly activities are also part of the festivities including: Horse-drawn wagon rides and snow for sledding (on selected evenings), holiday crafts, spin art, Nutcracker display, carolers and more! There will also be visits with Santa from Dec. 2-23. NOTE: There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Additional fees apply for some of the activities.
Celebrate the Holiday SEAson! From Dec. 1-31, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of SEAsonal activities for the whole family. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa, crafts, activities, as well as live holiday music on weekends. All holiday activities are included with admission.